Thoreau Announcements 2/2/2017

In this week’s announcement

Thoreau News:Bingo Night, Cooler Concord Fair, Thoreau Night at Fenway, Boks Volunteers Needed, BSO Family Concert, International Families Group

Around Town: Special Funding Request, Milldam Nursery School John Fitzsimmons Concert and Children’s Dance Party, Before School Chess Club, Technology Tuesdays, CCYB/S Softball, CFN Valentine Party, Cooler Concord Fair, CC Community Chest Adventures in Philanthropy, Bookmarkers Book Group, Are You Ready for Overnight Camp lecture, Shamrock Ball, Special Ed.Support Program, CCHS Prism Concert, Flag Rugby

Mark your calendar:
2/3 – Bingo Night Thoreau School Cafeteria
2/14 – Staff Appreciation Event hosted by K/1 families
2/15 – 9am, PTG Meeting, Thoreau Cafeteria, School committee members will be present to discuss the CPS budget, K-5 Spanish, and any other topics of interest to you

2017-2018 School Calendar
The school calendar for the 2017-2018 was approved by the school committee. You can find the calendar by clicking here: School Calendar

Thoreau Bingo Night is this Fri., Feb 3rd! Please join us from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the Thoreau School Cafeteria for a wild night of BINGO! We’ll have pizza and lots of prizes, and your host Officer Ron will be there to make things even more fun! Please consider using the sign up genius link below to bring a salad or dessert. See you there!

Cooler Concord Fair:
Go Thoreau!!!! We are on our way to winning up to $1000 for Attending the Cooler Concord Fair and Saving Energy!  Pre-registration is not necessary.  Just drop by CCHS on Feb. 4 between 10-4.  You’ll be glad you’re there!
Thank you, Mrs. Hoyt’s 5th Grade Class! Photos showing the great work that Mrs. Hoyt’s class is doing in preparation for their exhibit on plastics can be found here. And read their invitation to parents from the Concord Journal.
Teachers, join us!  You can receive 6 PDPS for attending the Fair
Login at:   and then search for this title: Cooler Concord Fair: Choosing our Future
There is lots more helpful information here  Find out about limited-time rebates available at the Fair, view informative interviews with local homeowners, and photos of students hard at work on their exhibits.
More than 300 people have pre-registered including more than 100 children. By attending you will be learning about new and cost-effective ways to save energy, supporting Mrs.Hoyt’s 5th grade class, and helping the Thoreau PTG earn $1000, which will enhance the many opportunities for enrichment and fun that the PTG provides for Thoreau students.  See you there

Thoreau Night at Fenway
Dear Thoreau Families, please join your Thoreau friends for a special night at Fenway Park.  Sure to be a great time, let’s show our school spirit in a special Thoreau block at Fenway Park!  Please send in the attached form and check with your child in an envelope addressed to ‘Jen Perry – PTG Fundraising’ or mail to Jen Perry, 40 Ingham Lane, Concord. Red Sox Form

BOKS Volunteers Needed – Help Kids Boost Brain Power
Nikki Morrissey has graciously volunteered to lead another BOKS session this spring. However, we will NOT be able to run this popular program without additional parent volunteers as happened in the fall. Volunteer are needed before school 1-2 times per week. This is a great opportunity for working parents to get involved. Please contact Adrienne at if you are interested. BOKS is a nationally-recognized, before-school fitness program. Studies show that engaging in physical activity before school boosts kids ability to learn and retain information. After the first session at Thoreau, Thoreau teachers reported a positive difference in kids enrolled in the program! To learn more, visit

BSO Family Concert at Symphony Hall Sat., Apr. 8 at noon.  Adult tickets are $20, and children attend free.
This year’s theme is “Common Courtesy: Minding our Musical Manners.”  Any family needing financial assistance should contact Rachel Levesque, Thoreau social worker, at or (978) 318-1300.  Details and sign up form can be found at  Email with any questions.

International Families
My name is Alketa Hawes and I would like to invite all the international families to join me in creating an international group, which, in the near future, would host an international night at the Thoreau school.
The objective is to introduce different cultures to our community.
Please join us by contacting me at

Around Town:

SPECIAL FUNDING REQUEST – Challenge Success for Middle Schoolers
Dear families,
We are writing for your support of an important initiative put forth by the School Advisory Council for our current and soon-to-be middle school students.  CMS PTG supports many activities for our students; however, this unique opportunity is out of budget, but also a critical initiative to benefit our kids and their education.
CMS has the opportunity to become a part of the Challenge Success program, an organization that partners with schools and families to provide kids with the academic, social, and emotional skills needed to succeed now and in the future.  Challenge Success believes that society has become too focused on grades, test scores, and performance, leaving little time for kids to develop the necessary skills to become resilient, ethical, and motivated learners. They provide families and schools with practical, research-based tools needed to create more balanced and academically fulfilling lives, with success measured over the course of a lifetime, not at the end of a semester.
Your contribution will fund the initial step in the program, which is an anonymous survey of our students, measuring perspectives on homework, extracurricular activities, sleep, physical health, stress, parent expectations, academic engagement, academic integrity, and teacher support. Over 70,000 students from more than 100 schools have taken the survey since 2009, and schools have gained a great deal of information from the results, including what students see as stressful and challenging as well as sources of support within the school. Survey findings help to guide schools in their decisions about which policies and practices may be effective and which are in need of improvement.
The total cost to fund this initial phase of the program is $5,000.  We hope you will consider making a one-time $20.00 donation to support this very important initiative.

Milldam Nursery School Annual John Fitzsimmons Concert and Children’s Dance Party
Sat., Feb. 4 at 10AM; Alcott School Café, 93 Laurel Street, Concord, MA
Boogie down with John and his band, winners of the 2003 Parent’s Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Music. Your feet will be tapping to the beat of his family-friendly music in no time! Milldam parent and professional dancer Monica Schauweker will lead the group in some stretches and a silly dance move or two!
This concert is open to the public. Tickets are $10 each and children under the age of two are free. There is a maximum cost of $40 per family. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Before School Chess Program
Join us for the second (winter) session of before-school Chess program in Thoreau. The teacher is Vadim Martirosov, a highly experienced Chess Master, who teaches Concord Carlisle Chess Club and the before-school chess class in the Willard school. The class will meet once per week for a 10-week session, with a start date on Feb. 13. Please Let me know if your kids are interested.
Date: Monday
Time: 8:00am-8:50am
Grades: open to all grades
Number of students: maximum 16
Cost: $80 (if 16 students attending, as Mr. Martirosov charges $125 per lesson)
Meet place: Thoreau school

The Concord Free Public Library is pleased to offer two technology Tuesdays for kids in grades 4 – 6. 
The classes will be taught by instructors from Empow Studios.
* February 7, 2017 will be a Scratch Programming Class from 1:30 – 3:30 pm at the Fowler Library, 1322 Main Street
To register:
* February 14, 2017 will be a 3D Modeling and Printing Class from 1:30 – 3:30 pm at the Main Library, 129 Main Street, Concord
To register:

Spring is right around the corner! Softball registration is OPEN. Registration will close on March 31st. CCYB/S is open to girls in grades K-8 in Concord and Carlisle.  The season officially kicks off April 24th and runs for approximately 6 weeks.
For more information or to register go to

Concord Family Network invites you to a Valentine’s Day party on Saturday, February 4th, from 3:30-5:00pm at the Hunt Recreation Center, 90 Stow Street, Concord, MA! Bring the kids to do some Valentine’s Day crafts and gather on Ed “The Music Man” Morgan’s magic carpet to sing along and dance their sillies out! Refreshments available
We will again be collecting pantry items to benefit the Yawkee Family Inn at the Boston’s Children Hospital. Show your Valentine’s Day love by donating pantry items such as granola bars, oatmeal, packaged cookies, cereal, fruit cups, tea, and K-cup coffee (single servings work best). In addition, quick dinner fixes such as mac and cheese, soups, pasta and sauces would also be appreciated. A collection bin will be set up at the door.
All Concord-area families are invited. Free for CFN members, non-members pay only $3/child up to $10/family (Fee will be waived with a pantry item donation). For more information please contact or

Announcing the Cooler Concord Fair 
Plug into Big Savings and Help Our School Win $1000!
RSVP NOW for the Cooler Concord Fair-
Sat, February 4, 201710:00 AM – 4:00 PM CCHS
Our school will be able to win up to $1,000 if a significant number of parents attend and take action at the Cooler Concord Fair. The Fair will showcase simple and significant ways to save energy and money. Community experts and vendors will help you get stuff done quickly and easily. There will be 10 major exhibits as follows: home weatherization, high-efficiency home heating and cooling, hot water heating, LED lighting, solar power, transportation (including new electric cars), home appliances, sustainable yards, reduce/reuse and eat less meat. Workshops on specific topics will be held throughout the day. And, this is a not-to- miss event for families! Students from all the schools are eager to show parents their own creative and compelling exhibits. Exciting kids’ activities are planned including crafts, races and hands-on projects. There will be many free prizes, including a
weekend in lovely Stowe, Vermont, and delicious snacks. Students (middle school and up) and parents are needed to volunteer for short shifts. Send a note to to join the action. Community service credit is definitely available. The first 100 people who register have a chance to win a free dinner at a lovely Concord Restaurant! Stay informed at Facebook/Cooler Concord and invite your local friends! RSVP
NOW at

You’re invited to Concord-Carlisle Community Chest’s first-ever non-profit innovation challenge called “adVentures in Philanthropy” on Tuesday, February 7th at 7:30 at the Fenn School, 516 Monument Street, Concord.  Local non-profits have proposed exciting new initiatives to meet human services needs in Concord and Carlisle with three selected to present their program to a panel of five community leaders with the chance to secure a share of up to $30,000 in funding.  WE NEED YOUR HELP!  The event will include both an adult and student Fan Favorite.  Adults and students will have an opportunity to vote and award their favorite presenting non-profit $1,000.  Register today for this FREE community event by visiting our web site at or call 978-369-5250 to reserve your ticket.

BookMarkers Book Group for 4th/5th Graders
February 7 from 1 pm – 2 pm
Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord
Let’s talk about new books for the New Year!
Activity: Make giant fortune cookies
For more information call (978) 318-3358

How to Know If Your Child (and YOU!) Are Ready for Overnight Camp
Wednesday, Feb 8 at 7 pm *dessert reception; lecture at 7:30
Needham Historical Society, 1147 Central Ave, Needham
Are you wondering if your child is ready?  Are you wondering how to figure out what is the best fit for your child? Are you not sure how long to send your child? This presentation will help you understand the many benefits of overnight camp. You will learn what to ask when speaking with different directors, what to look for when you go on tours. Let us help you eliminate some of your anxieties about sending your child away to overnight camp. This presentation will be open for questions as well.
This workshop is presented by Jill Vetstein, a licensed clinical mental health therapist specializing in children. She has a B.S in Education and a Masters in Social Work. She is also a writer, blogger, professional speaker and a mother. Jill has been working with parents and children in many settings for over 25 years. One of Jill’s favorite settings to work in has been at summer camp. Jill has over 20 years of experience in the camping world both as a camper and as a professional.
This is a lecture to help parents get general information about readiness for overnight camp and to answer questions and allay anxieties. It is not representing any camp in particular. Camp Specialists is a FREE referral service to help families find the best fit for their child and has no bias for one specific camp over another. For more information on our services, please email Our services are 100% free of charge.

Tickets for The Shamrock Ball, presented by Concord Recreation, will go on sale Friday February 3rd at 9:00am. The event is Saturday March 4, 2017 at The Westford Regency from 7:00pm-9:30pm and is for girls in grades 2-6 and an adult guest.  Tickets are $90 per couple and $20 for each additional family member.  Register online at .  We suggest you set up your account prior to the registration date if you have not already done so. Tickets are also available at the Hunt Recreation Building, or by phone 978-287-1050.  Proceeds benefit Concord Recreation scholarships. Tickets sell out quickly.

Parents who have a child with a special need (ages 4-9 years old) are invited to attend a six week support program led by Patricia Marquis, LICSW.  Members of this group will meet other parents who can offer immediate empathy for the unique challenges they face on a daily basis and over the long haul. It will be held on 6 consecutive Monday mornings at the Ripley Administrative Building in Concord MA from 9:30-11AM, from March 6 through April 10, 2017.  The program is free of charge.  Please click on (or cut and paste into your browser) the following website to pre-register:
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Questions?  Please email the Center for Parents and Teachers at for more information.

Concord Carlisle High School Prism Concert
Sat., Feb. 11 CCHS Auditorium
The Concord-Carlisle High School Bands and Orchestra will present their annual PRISM Concert. A variety of musical styles and ensembles will be presented throughout the performing space, creating an interactive experience for the audience. Concert to benefit the Alfred W. Dentino Excellence in Music Fund Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students (K-12) and seniors. Tickets (reserved seating) are available at Remaining tickets to be sold at the door — don’t miss out!

Flag Rugby– Grades K-8
MetroWest Youth Rugby’s Spring Season is almost here! Come experience the newest Olympic sport in a fun, friendly environment. Experienced rugby players and coaches will teach your child flag rugby through interactive games and drills. Grade divisions: K, 1st/2nd, 3rd /4th, 5th/6th, 7th/8th . First half of each session will be drills and skills and the second half using those skills in real flag rugby games. No experience necessary, open to players of all levels. Season runs Sundays April 30th – June 11th at Lincoln Paddock Field, 8:30-9:30 grades K-6th, 8:30-9:45 grades 7th/8th. To register visit: www.

Free Introduction to Flag Rugby Clinics – Grades K-8
MetroWest Youth Rugby is holding two free clinics as a kickoff to our Spring Season. Experienced rugby players and coaches will teach your child the basics of flag rugby through fun, interactive games and drills.   No experience necessary. Please wear shorts, t shirt, sneakers and bring a water bottle. Dates: Sunday March 19th and Sunday April 2nd at The Fieldhouse Sudbury. 8:15 am check in, clinic runs 8:30- 9:30. Max 75 kids each session. To register visit: